Parks shut by the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon Fires are starting to reopen.
Eagles Nest State Park, which offers a cool retreat from the never-ending summer heat in Rio Rancho is open for fisherman, boaters, campers, hikers, and wildlife enthusiasts.
The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department State Parks Division announced in a statement that Eagle Nest Lake State Park has reopened its lake surface as of June 8. The lake had been temporarily closed to support fire suppression efforts for the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fires.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park, is on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway and surrounded by the high mountains of the Moreno Valley, including views of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico.
Six other State Parks – Morphy Lake, Manzano Mountains, Hyde Memorial, Pecos Canyon, Cimarron Canyon, and Fenton Lake – will remain closed at this time due to extreme fire danger until further notice. Elephant Butte Lake State Park continues to support fire suppression efforts. All New Mexico State Parks have implemented the EMNRD State Forester Fire Restriction Order 2022-02, which prohibits smoking, fireworks, campfires, open burning, and open fires on all non-municipal, nonfederal, and non-tribal lands statewide.
Check the State Parks website at https://www.emnrd.nm.gov/spd before you head out.